Constance Berman, a councillor of the Medieval Academy of America, has left the following comment on this post, our open letter to the MAA (147 signatures).
I front page her comment now because of its importance:
I would like you all to know that enough Councilors of the Medieval Academy of America have indicated that we will not attend a meeting in Arizona to have called a virtual meeting of the Academy which will, I hope, take place within the next two weeks. One of the arguments being used to have the meeting continue in AZ is that there are 120 abstracts. While I'm morally opposed to having a meeting in Tempe, I'm trying to use the more easily made "practical" argument, that if we hold a meeting, no one will come. So, if you have submitted an abstract, but will not attend if it's still in AZ, then it would be good if you so indicate to medieval academy officers and council -- whose names have recently been sent out on the MAA list-serv---------------
It'll make it easier for those who oppose it from inside the Council without having your abstract used against us. Thanks and hang in there,
Connie Berman, Prof. of History, University of Iowa,
Iowa City, IA 52245 -- and my email is
If you submitted an abstract, and if you do not wish that submission to seem a vote for keeping the annual meeting in Arizona, you should contact the councillors now. A complete list of the councillors and officers of the MAA may be found here.